It’s January, the start of the new year. If you’re a New Yorker, that means the throttling cold of winter has set in, making sartorial outerwear that much more important as you navigate the biting cold of the outdoors. I arrived in New York straight from 20+ years in the Midwest, so the cold is my spirit animal and winter dressing my very favorite of all the seasons. With Fashion Week just a few weeks away, the emerging Pre-Fall collections are rife with vintage inspiration in outerwear, and I’ve been scouring them for the perfect blazers and jackets to add to my wardrobe. Although you may be keeping yourself wrapped from head-to-toe in a voluminous puffy coat, there’s no reason you can’t keep it cold weather chic underneath. Here’s a look at some of the season’s most gorgeous vintage-inspired jackets and blazers, pieces that will take you seamlessly through the dredges of winter, keeping you classy as we move into spring.
1. Alice + Olivia
Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet is a master of creating timeless pieces that are also modern and fashion forward. Her Pre-Fall collection for 2013 features a gorgeous Chanel-inspired tweed jacket in classic black and white – a flawless, flattering fit for every body type and the perfect addition to a chic winter wardrobe. The erratic horizontal stitching individualizes the piece, allowing it stand out from other Chanel notables, and of course, justifying its very necessary purchase.
2. Chado Ralph Rucci
Every woman should own a Ralph Rucci piece. Known as the only American couturier, his tailoring is impeccable, featuring a sense of movement and shape that is unparalleled in the industry. I love this jacket’s Edwardian austerity – the rows of buttons, the high collar’s powerful command. Its more intricate details – the way the sleeves cut above the wrist and flare out from the sides – make this piece as special and unique as if it originally came from its inspired time period. This is a jacket that will make you feel like royalty. Which, in my opinion, is the only way one should feel.
3. Opening Ceremony
I am in love with the puffy magic of this 80s/athletic-inspired jacket. The gold zipper, the black and navy herringbone, the voluminous sleeves and shoulders – it’s awkward teen masculinity at its very finest and I want every bit of it. This is a great piece by Opening Ceremony for your more casual moments in outerwear (or every day, if you’re me.) Although its shape is classic 80s, its modern edge stands out in the details, making this is at the top of my list for a fun and sporty go-to.
4. Proenza Schouler
I dress in pretty basic black and white, so although a black leather jacket is a staple, I like the option of switching it up with something of a lighter fare. Although this Proenza Schouler piece definitely embraces a motorcycle aesthetic, there’s also a slight western edge that I really like. It’s a bit oversized and slouchy, also reminiscent of 80s tailoring. This jacket would look just as chic with a monochromatic black or white ensemble as it does with the printed trousers here. It’s like motorcycle attire for purists.
5. Rachel Zoe
Ms. Zoe and I share a slight obsession with 70s tailoring, and this jacket screams Saint Laurent’s le smoking. I am obsessed with the details: super slouchy sleeves, the leather french cuffs and lapel, the oversize sleeves juxtaposed against a very tailored bodice. Simple but stylish, this is the perfect blazer to complete your winter jacket buffet.
– Amanda Aldinger
Fall 2013 RTW Photos: Style.com
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